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Annie Leonard, new Executive Director of Greenpeace USA!

Meet our new Executive Director Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff Project. 

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The Decline of E-Empires

The Decline of E-Empires | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Steve Ballmer’s surprise announcement that he will be resigning as Microsoft’s C.E.O. has set off a huge flood of commentary. Being neither a tech geek nor a management guru, I can’t add much on those fronts. I do, however, think I know a bit about economics, and I also read a lot of history. So the Ballmer announcement has me thinking about network externalities and Ibn Khaldun. And thinking about these things, I’d argue, can help ensure that we draw the right lessons from this particular corporate upheaval.

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Mind If I Borrow Your 3D Printer How 3D Hubs Is Creating A Communnity and Resource Around Printing

Mind If I Borrow Your 3D Printer How 3D Hubs Is Creating A Communnity and Resource Around Printing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The additive manufacturing industry has become an incredible resource to startups and entrepreneurs. The technology has not only helped break down the barriers to entry for product developers, but has also lent itself to an evolved marketplace where entrepreneurs can cater to personalized services and products, at a just-in-time pace, with very little startup capital necessary to launch. This has tailored an economic trend for the emergence of high frequency startup activity, mostly in the world of 3D printing. From hardware and software, to the outliers in material sciences and social/educational services, Wohlers reports the total addressable market is just over $2 billion, and growing at a double-digit margin annually.

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3D Printing, Manufacturing Revolution Fueled by Social Sharing

3D Printing, Manufacturing Revolution Fueled by Social Sharing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

With GE naming December 3rd as 3D Printing Day, and sites such as Makerbot and Amazon experiencing up to a million downloads per month of 3D design files, it would be ignorant to believe that a manufacturing revolution is not imminent. The emergence of 3D printing will leave the way we as consumers experience retail and the buying of certain manufactured goods, to change considerably in the years to come.

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Rachel Botsman closing words at OuiShareFest 2014 - YouTube

Closing words of Rachel Botsman at OuiShare Fest 2014 in Paris. Questions answered: 

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Indigenous Economy & Ethical Work in Ecuador - Dissertation Reviews

Indigenous Economy & Ethical Work in Ecuador - Dissertation Reviews | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Drawing on a range of personal experiences and ethnographic fieldwork conducted over a number of years, Kristine Latta’s Merchant Moralities is a detailed and sympathetic account of the moral predicaments faced by Otavalo’s indigenous comerciantes/merchants. Working with Otavaleño communities, indigenous leaders, family members and friends, Latta explores life as it unfolds in and around the town itself, in family homes in the community of Peguche, and also on travels within the United States. Through careful descriptions, we learn of the particular transformations and vulnerabilities that these entrepreneurs face, as they engage in the decidedly transnational textile and tourism industries. These transformations coincide with actions elsewhere associated with a revalorization of indigeneity – both in localised spaces and particular cultural practices, and also more broadly on the national political stage. What can the distinct moral experiences of Otavalo’s merchants tell us more broadly about the dynamics of cultural change, the recalibration of tradition, and the complexities of contemporary indigenous experience? Focusing on people’s responses to shifts in priorities and contested commitments, we see how merchants articulate their own entrepreneurial values as personalised expressions of indigeneity, and do so amidst the novel opportunities and conspicuous disparities that their livelihoods create.

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Art and the Internet of Things: a turning point in creative education - The Guardian (blog)

Art and the Internet of Things: a turning point in creative education - The Guardian (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In the art world's internal sense of time, the degree show is in many ways the equivalent of New Year's Eve: a point at which to collectively celebrate the birth of the future, while taking stock of the events of the past year. Reflecting on the 2013/14 academic year, it is clear that one of the most pressing issues is that of value, and the need continually to defend the arts in this respect.

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'Capitalism is coming to an end'

'Capitalism is coming to an end' | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economist Jeremy Rifkin tells BBC HARDtalk why he believes the internet and digital goods could contribute to the demise of capitalism. (It seems that the revolution, after all, will be televised! Interesting words by Jeremy Rifkin.
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‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’, by Jeremy Rifkin - FT.com

‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’, by Jeremy Rifkin - FT.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, by Jeremy Rifkin, Palgrave Macmillan, RRP£16.99/RRP$28, 368 pages Machines are about to change what it means to be human.
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The Sharing Economy is here to stay: OuiShareFest kicks off in Paris

The Sharing Economy is here to stay: OuiShareFest kicks off in Paris | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

This week, OuishareFest is kicking off its annual conference dedicated to the The Sharing Economy, and the message is clear: The Sharing Economy isn’t going anywhere. Local players like Drivy & Blablacar, leading the way in Car-sharing in Europe, aren’t the only ones to see Paris as an important market for collaborative consumption – in an interview with Airbnb’s Head of EMEA this morning at the conference, Oliver Grémillon confided that Paris boasts more than 25,000 listings, putting it in the top three cities for Airbnb, alongside London & NYC.

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Sharing Economy Makes Inroads on Moving Industry

Sharing Economy Makes Inroads on Moving Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A startup called NextMover helps truck owners and pickup drivers earn extra cash by helping with small-scale, local moves.
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New York Times: Russia quietly tightens reins on web with ‘bloggers law’

New York Times: Russia quietly tightens reins on web with ‘bloggers law’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said May 6 would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

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A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblowing

A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblowing | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out," says the founder.
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LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication?

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: How Sustainable is Digital Fabrication? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Digital fabrication is praised as the future of manufacturing. Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tools can convert a digital design into an object with the click of a mouse, which means the production process is completely automated. The use of digital machine tools has spread rapidly in factories over the last two decades, and they have now become cheap and user-friendly enough to bring them within reach of workshops and makers.


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"Random" Predictive Content Discovery: Jarno Koponen Interview | Data Science Weekly Blog

"Random" Predictive Content Discovery: Jarno Koponen Interview | Data Science Weekly Blog | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

We recently caught up with Jarno Koponen, co-founder of Random. We were keen to learn more about his background, his perspective on predictive content discovery and what he is working on now at Random... 

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Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier

Ecuador’s Pathbreaking Plan for Commons-Based Peer Production: An Update | David Bollier | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
  • The nine-month effort in Ecuador to develop a new vision and policy architecture for commons-based peer production is coming into much sharper focus.  To refresh your memory on this project, the Government of Ecuador last year commissioned the FLOK Society (FLOK = “Free, libre, open knowledge”) to come up with a thoughtful plan for enabling every sector of Ecuador to be organized into open knowledge commons, to the maximum degree possible.  The project has now released a transition plan accompanied by more than a dozen policy frameworks for specific social and economic domains.

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Trusting in strangers: Rachel Botsman at TEDGlo...

Trusting in strangers: Rachel Botsman at TEDGlo... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What is your reputation? "If someone asked you for the three words that would sum up your reputation, what would you say?" Rachel Botsman asks us.
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Networked society being realised with broadband, video, cloud - The Nation

Networked society being realised with broadband, video, cloud - The Nation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ericsson's prediction of a networked society is being realised as rapid penetration of broadband, connected video-capable devices and cloud-based services are driving consumer viewing habits to extend beyond the traditional living room experience and towards a new TV anywhere era.
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Ryan Smith: Sharing Economy Fuels Spirit of Disruption - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Ryan Smith: Sharing Economy Fuels Spirit of Disruption - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Ever since I was a kid the “sharing economy” has intrigued me. I was always fascinated with pawnshops and ticket scalping. I’d even dumpster dive as a teenager outside student apartments for textbooks that could be sold back to the university for cash.

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San Francisco company aims to become the Wikipedia of medicine - San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco company aims to become the Wikipedia of medicine - San Jose Mercury News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What Wikipedia has done for knowledge, a San Francisco company called CrowdMed is betting it can do for medicine. Send your symptoms and a nominal fee to www.crowdmed.com and dozens of medical professionals, students and average Joes will "crowdsource" -- that is, share their knowledge and expertise -- to help diagnose what's wrong with you.

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Liquid democracy and spectral theory | David Ruescas

Liquid democracy and spectral theory | David Ruescas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
What does this have to do with liquid democracy? To answer this, let's remember what defines liquid democracy is: a system of transitive proxy voting. Proxy in that I can delegate my vote to some entity.
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Jeremiah Owyang: The Collaborative Economy Will Double This Year - The Accelerators - WSJ

Jeremiah Owyang: The Collaborative Economy Will Double This Year - The Accelerators - WSJ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies: By using emerging technologies, people are becoming empowered to get what they need from each other, rather than buying from traditional corporate channels.
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